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Anna Cockrell was part of miraculous track and field finish that’s been seen by millions since Saturday night.

CHARLOTTE – Panthers cornerback Ross Cockrell isn’t big on social media. His last public post was on Facebook nearly two years ago. But as he watched the NCAA track and field championship Saturday night, he had a hunch what he saw would go viral. 

“That’s kind of the age that we’re living in no Green Bay Packers Jimmy Graham Jersey w,” Cockrell said. “When something special or amazing happens, everybody seems to gravitate to it. And that was certainly a special race.”

That 4×400-meter race, which included Cockrell’s sister Anna, has now been viewed nearly two million times in less than 96 hours. So if you haven’t seen it yet, start at the 3:22 mark and be prepared to be amazed: 

Three minutes before USC’s anchor Kendall Ellis came out of nowhere to run down Purdue, Anna Cockrell began her second leg in fourth place. She made up some time during her lap, but things looked bleak for the Trojans, who needed to win the race to claim their first national title in 17 years. 

“I was hopeful that something would happen,” Ross Cockrell said. “But obviously in track it doesn’t really happen that often when a team has that significant of a lead.”

Then it did happen. 

“I was jumping around screaming,” Cockrell continued. “My wife and I – we were just really excited. 

“I’m very excited, very proud of my sister and her team and what they accomplished.” 

And for the past few days, at least, no sports story in Los Angeles has received as much attention as USC’s miraculous finish. The four members of the relay team have made al Ha Ha Clinton Dix Jersey For Sale l sorts of media appearances, and they’re scheduled to throw o Jimmy Graham Jersey ut the first pitch ahead of Wednesday night’s Dodgers game. 

“It’s been a very special experience for her,” Cockrell said, “and I hope she continues to ride this wave.” 

According to Cockrell, he never raced Anna — who is six years younger — when they were growing up in Charlotte. So if NFL veteran tried to take on his little sister-turned All-American runner now, what would happen?  

“Oh, you know,” Ross Cockrell said with a wry smile, “I don’t want to put her down. She’s riding a cloud Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ha Ha Clinton Dix Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap  right now.”

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Coming off a breakout campaign at right guard, Williams enters the final year of his rookie contract with a lot of momentum.

CHARLOTTE – Offensive linemen aren’t allowed to get very physical during offseason workouts, making the practice field a training ground for a rule change that will penalize players for lowering their heads to initiate contact.

“We can’t get our heads in the drill,” right tackle Daryl Williams said. “So we’re working our technique, especially our hands.”

Williams had his hands full as a rookie in 2015 learning how to be a productive NFL lineman. But now, with his rookie contract set to expire after the 2018 season, Williams has put himself in position to get his hands on more money after a 2017 season in which multiple publications handed out hardware to him.

“Of course I did. Of course I did,” the soft-spoken Williams said with a smile when asked if he enjoyed the accolades he received.

Williams, in his first season as a starter from Week 1, was named to the All-Pro second team. He also earned first-team All-Pro honors from Pro Football Focus after grading out as the top right tackle in the league according to the metrics-heavy website.

“It went good,” Williams said. “I’ve got to thank God and thank my coaches – Coach (John) Matsko and (Ray) Brown – and my offensive linemen. We held each other accountable. We worked hard last year.”

Williams is well aware that his standout season should help his standing in contract negotiations, which could possibly lead to a deal before the season starts. Right guard Trai Turner, coming off a second consecutive Pro Bowl appearance last offseason, signed a four-year contract extension shortly before training camp began in 2017.

“Obviously that helps with that. I’m thankful,” Williams said. “I love being here. I would love to finish my career here, but I’m just focused on practicing. I’ll finish up this minicamp, and I’ll just leave that stuff to my agent.”

The Panthers thought enough of Williams coming out of the University of Oklahoma in 2015 to trade three draft picks in order to move up 22 spots and grab him early in fourth round. Williams made a modest impact as a rookie and was set to be a backup again in 2016. But when starting left tackle Michael Oher was sidelined by a concussion three games into the season, Mike Remmers slid over from right guard for what turned out to be the re Green Bay Packers Jimmy Graham Jersey st of the season.

Williams stepped in on the right side. He endured ups and downs during the only season out of the last five that didn’t end with the Panthers in the playoffs, but his 10 starts (he missed three games with an ankle injury) clearly paid dividends come 2017.

“That was very important, a blessing in disguise,” Williams said. “It set me up to come in more comfortable my third year and more focused. Being able to start beginning with the third game of the year – getting that experience and gaining that comfort level going into my third year – that helped a lot.”

Regardless of whether Williams gets a new contract before the 2018 season kicks of Jimmy Graham Jersey f, he’s set to be a st Ha Ha Clinton Dix Jersey For Sale aple along a mostly stable line. The plan at left guard still hasn’t come into focus, but Williams is surrounded by players he’s played with coming off a 11-5 season.

“Man, we’re very comfortable together,” Williams said. “Everybody played together last year, and that includes Tyler (Larsen) and Amini (Silatolu) as well as Taylor (Moton) coming in and growing up. We’re all comfortable and compatible together, and the depth is there, too.

“I think if we just keep practicing hard – which we will – we should be great.”

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Another interception for CB Lorenzo Doss, a slick touchdown grab by RB Christian McCaffrey and an injury to TE Chris Manhertz.

Let’s start today’s observations with two images from the pre-practice stretching period.

First, there’s this one of All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly chatting with first-year linebackers coach Steve Russ. It appears as though the two have developed an instant rapport, and that had to have been a primary objective for Russ once he took over for Al Holcomb, now the defensive coordinator for the Cardinals.

Next, there’s this amazing shot of quarterback Cam Newton and linebacker Thomas Davis. There’s always something going on with these two at practice, and what started off as an ordinary conversation developed into an extraordinary picture – captured by team photographer Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez – of what looks like two brothers horsing around in the backyard.

Now on to the notes and observations:

  • Unfortunately, there is an injury to report. Tight end Chris Manhertz pulled up during a team period with a foot injury and was carted off the practice field. Head coach Ron Rivera said Manhertz was getting an X-ray. “We’ll keep our fingers crossed,” Rivera said.
  • Wide receiver Curtis Samuel did not practice, which isn’t all that surprising as he works his way back from ankle surgery. Samuel received a heavy workload during Tuesday’s practice. “Today was more of a rest day,” Rivera said. “We don’t want to go two days in a row with that intensity.”
  • Safety Mike Adams was an excused absence.
  • Cornerback Lorenzo Doss recorded yet another interception during the final team period. At this point, we’ve lost count of how many he’s had this spring. “For us as coaches, it gets our attention,” Rivera said. “Who’s that? Oh, it’s Doss again.” But Rivera isn’t about to move Doss into the starting lineup after a productive spring. Allow him to explain: “He just seems to improve every day. But right now it’s one of those things where there’s no consequences, so you can play and kind of cut it loose. What will be interesting to see is if he can maintain that once the pads come on and the consequences increase – in terms of when you get burned you get burned and it’s a big deal, and when you don’t right now, it’s like I said, there really aren’t a lot of consequences, so you can ga Ha Ha Clinton Dix Jersey For Sale mble.”
  • Reserve safety Dezmen Southward also made a splash. Quarterback Garrett Gilbert tried to connect with wide receiver Damiere Byrd deep and Southward came across for the leaping interception. Moments later he jumped a route and dropped what could have been a pick-six.

  • Let Green Bay Packers Jimmy Graham Jersey ’s keep it rolling with the defensive backs. Cornerback Ross Cockrell had secondary coach Jeff Imamura literally jumping for joy after sticking with his man in coverage throughout an extended play.
  • The highlight of the red zone period was Newton’s lip service to the defense ahead of a snap from inside the 10. “You know what this is?” Newton asked, “touchdown.” Newton then took the snap and kept the ball on a zone-read before waltzing into the end zone. He was guaranteed to score thanks to the “no tackling at practice” rule, but as we all know, Newton has a pretty good success rate on those kind of running plays.
  • A two-minute drill amounted to the offense facing third-and-goal following two incomplete pas HaHa Clinton Dix Jersey ses from Newton to Devin Funchess. That’s when Newton targeted running back Christian McCaffrey out of the backfield for six. Makes it look easy, doesn’t he?
  • The second-team offense, this time led by quarterback Taylor Heinicke, also scored in its two-minute drill. Tight end Jason Vander Laan was left wide open in the corner of the end zone.
  • Wide receiver Torrey Smith had one of the day’s best catches. Newton fired a laser over the middle and Smith went low to corral it while keeping his feet. Tight end Greg Olsen, an observer at the time, remarked to no one in particular: “What a good catch.”
  • The offense got the last word on this day. Wide receiver Austin Duke worked free of Doss in the end zone and Gilbert hit him for the score. Duke capped it with a Steve Smith-esque ball spin.

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Julius Peppers didn’t participate, but he’ll probably figure things out by the start of his 17th season.

—Every player on the roster was present and accounted for as the Panthers kicked off the first day of their three-day minicamp. The only guys who weren’t on the practice fields were tight end Evan Baylis (ankle) and defensive tackle Drew Iddings (back). Defensive end Julius Peppers, who’s spent most of his spring working inside, did come out to watch a bit and hand out some tips to the youngsters. Peppers is coming off shoulder surgery, and it’s not like someone who’s played as long as he has needs minicamp reps.

Trai Turner was full-go. During OTAs, the Panthers limited Turner, who had a sore left knee. With their right guard back, coaches gave Amini Silatolu the bulk of reps at left guard. 

—It was unseasonably cool for a practice in June. My Dark Sky app read 66 degrees when players were walking onto the field.   

—An excited Cam Newton is nothing new. Tuesday he put everyone on notice early yelling, “I’m feeling good today!” It’s easy to see how Newton’s screaming probably gets on defenders’ nerves, but these practices would often feel downright boring if not for the energy he brings. Plus, he’s not out there to care about the feelings of the guys across from him. “Don’t waste your film on the white jerseys,” Newton yelled to a videographer who had pointed his camera toward the defense. 

—Newton fired a screen pass to Alex Armah on the second play of the opening team drill. That was one more touch than Armah got through nine games as a rookie. His development – and Norv Turner’s potential willingness to give his fullback more touches – will be something to monitor throughout training camp and the preseason. 

—One play later, linebacker David Mayo quieted Newton – and elicited a roar from the defense – with a diving interception near the middle of the field. 

—Because Rashaan Gaulden is making the Custom Mariners Jersey  transition from college nickel back to NFL safety, he hasn’t gotten a ton of looks since the Panthers made him a third-round pick. But Gaulden made his best play of the spring when he stuck to Greg Olsen down the left sideline to knock away a pass from Newton. Later in practice, though, Gaulden was a half-step behind Olsen when Newton squeezed a lovely toss in a tight window to his Pro Bowl tight end. 

DJ Moore hasn’t necessarily wowed, but he’s sure looked solid. The first-round pick has shown strong hands, seemingly snagging everything that’s come his way since rookie minicamp, including a number of catches in traffic. After one such grab Tuesday, Newton yelled out his nickname for Moore: Sleepy. That’s because, according to Newton, Moore always looks half asleep. But hey, as long as he’s alert when the ball’s coming his way … 

—A week after Michael Palardy got in his kicks, Graham Gano was back doing what he does. He na Seattle Mariners Custom Jersey iled all three of his attempts from 50-plus yards before getting down to serious business with Palardy: 

—Cornerback Lorenzo Doss continued his impressive spring, breaking up a pass from Newton to Christian McCaffrey on the opening play of the second team period. 

—Moments later, Newton lobbed a perfectly placed ball to Jarius Wright, who was covered well by James Bradberry

—Not surprisingly, Bradberry has been a constant starter at cornerback. The other spot is much murkier. Kevon Seymour has gotten most of the reps with the ones throughout the spring, but that role across from Bradberry is far from decided. Second-round pick Donte Jackson and Ross Cockrell saw some reps with the starters Tuesday, Doss is playing well, and Corn Elder is also getting a look on the outside.

“We’re really trying to find the right combination of players to put on the field,” head coach Ron Rivera said. “[Seymour is] definitely in the mix. He’s a guy that’s got some experience, he’s played for us and knows what we’re doing. But we have some other players as well that we’re going to take long looks at. We’ll do this all the way through training camp until we feel comfortable enough that we’ll start solidifying who that group’s going to be.” 

—The play of the day, and perhaps of the spring, came late in the final team period when Newton lofted a ball deep d Custom Astros Jersey own the left sideline. Seymour and Gaulden had it tracked well, but Devin Funchess out-jumped both and came down with the catch. You’ll never guess who sprinted down the field t Houston Astros Custom Jersey o celebrate with Funchess: 

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The veteran center and team captain is determined to go out on a high note after a couple injury-plagued seasons.

CHARLOTTE – You don’t play center for more than a decade in the NFL – earning five Pro Bowl nods along the way – without a ton of hard work and dedication.

Ryan Kalil has always been about those things.

But he’s also always been determined to keep football lighthearted and fun.

“I think it’s funny to not take things seriously, sometimes,” Kalil said after the first practice of mandatory minicamp.

That’s Ryan Kalil in a nutshell.

Take this post-practice exchange, for example. 

When asked about an offseason of rehab (which he faced ahead of 2017 following shoulder surgery) versus an offseason of strength training (which he’s currently enjoying), Kalil had this to say:

“You only get so much time and you can’t make up days – it doesn’t work that way. I missed a lot of time to work out, get in shape, get strong and you can’t really catch up once the season starts – because then it’s about maintaining.” Seattle Mariners Custom Jersey 

Then the humor came out.

“I feel good and strong,” Kalil said. “I feel like I could go into a strongman competition right now.”

What event?

“Probably a truck pull. I’ve got good grip strength. I could pull some ropes,” he said. “I’ve got a strong core – maybe picking up some rocks and moving them.”

Then the conversation turned to 2018 being (more than likely) his 12th and final season in the NFL. Again, it started off serious.

“It’s probably a good bet I’ll be in Manhattan Beach next year,” Kalil said. “I never thought I’d play 12 seasons, so every year I sort of treat it like this is possibly the last one. You just don’t know, whether it’s injuries or guys coming in and out-playing you.”

And then…

“The only good thing about playing this long is getting to cu Custom Astros Jersey t the line on physical day, because it goes by seniority,” Kalil said. “There is nothing funnier than coming into a room where a bunch of young guys are waiting for an hour thinking that they’re next and then all the sudden the old guy comes in and cuts right in front of them.”

As we all know, Kalil’s health was no laughing matter last season.

A frustrating neck injury forced the leader of the offensive line to miss 10 games, this after playing just eight games in 2016 due to that aforementioned shoulder injury.

“He’s in a situation where having gone through what he’s gone through and rehabbed the way he has, this is a good year for him offseason-wise in terms of being involved with everything and looking like he had no residual,” head coach Ron Rivera said. “I’m excited to see how he could play for us this year.”

Turning serious again, Kalil returned to the topic of his last hurrah.

“I care very much about this organization and the people in it,” he said. “As far as it being the last one, obviously I want to empty the tank and not let anybody down on this team that puts a lot of faith in me to do my job. That’s where my focus has been. Just blocking and making the right calls.”

That right there is also Kalil in a nutshell.

“He really is one of the finest leaders I’ve been around,” Rivera said.

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Still planning to be “full-go” come training camp, star linebacker discusses his rehab from shoulder surgery and what he sees in the defense from the sideline.

CHARL Houston Astros Custom Jersey OTTE – Throughout organized team activities and now into mandatory minicamp, it’s been the same routine for Luke Kuechly.

When the first-team defense takes the field for the start of team drills, the all-everything linebacker assumes his rightful position in the middle of the action – until the action actually begins.

“I honestly don’t say a whole lot. I just want to be out there, man,” Kuechly said. “It feels like I’m out there without being out there.”

Kuechly, still rehabbing from shoulder surgery in February, has taken part in the offseason workout program since it started in April but not in the team periods. Like he did in 2016, when he had the same surgery on the labrum in his left shoulder, Kuechly isn’t rushing back and is instead targeting a full return come training camp in about six weeks.

“That’s the plan,” Kuechly said. “That’s how it went last time, and everything went well. I don’t anticipate it being any different.

“I’m not able to do the team-related stuff right now, which is a bummer. That’s the best part of the OTA and minicamp portion. But it’s still good to be out here, still be around talking to the guys. The early-on individual stuff is what I’m able to do right now, and then hopefully once training camp comes I’ll be full-go.”

When Kuechly is healthy, his game is a given, but there are some unknowns as the Panthers close in on the conclusion of offseason workouts. Kuechly shared his perspective on a number of topics Tuesday.

On first-year defensive coordinator Eric Washington: “He’s got great energy. He has things going the way he wants them to. … He’s commanded the room. I don’t think there was much of a transition period of guys getting Custom Mariners Jersey  to know him because everybody’s that’s been here respects him and knows how hard he works and that the guys in the D-line room that he coached the last few years have been excellent.”

On first-year linebackers coach Steve Russ: “He’s excited to be here, and he’s done a great job of teaching. … He’s worked his butt off and has learned this defense very quick. He’s on his game, and there’s open dialogue. He’s brought a lot of good stuff from Air Force and has put in some good stuff that he likes.”

On third-year cornerback James Bradberry‘s ability to pace a secondary that was shaky in 2017: “James understands the game, understands where he needs to be. James is a smart player, and I think a lot of that has to do with the coaches too and what they’ve been able to do. James always had the physical tools – he’s long, he’s strong, he can run really well – and he just understands stuff. That’s important at that position.”

On the secondary’s mix of faces old and new: “Mike (Adams) is back, James is back, Key (Kevon Seymour) is back, Cap (Captain Munnerlyn) is back. It seems like we have a lot of guys back, and Ross (Cockrell) has come in as a professional who does everything the right way. He’s like James in that he’s long and strong, he plays real physical and is smart.

“And these young guys have come in and brought the same thing. Donte (Jackson) has a ton of speed and natural gifts, and it’s about him continuing to learn. With Rashaan (Gaulden) it’s the same way. Those guys have done a good job. Rock (Richard Rodgers) and Jeff (Imamura) are coaching those guys up.”

On other defensive newcomers: “Obviously you have the drafted guys, but in a sense you also get (defensive end) Daeshon (Hall) and (cornerback) Corn (Elder) because they were banged up last year. They had a chance to rehab and get stronger, and now they’re in Year Two of the program so the learning curve is a little different for them. We didn’t get to see them a lot last year, but they were always around soaking stuff in, and they’ve done a good job.”

On new team owner David Tepper: “He came in and talked to us briefly. He just seems very excited. That’s the best start. He came in excited talking to us. That meant a lot to the guys. It was a brief visit, but he just seems genuinely excited to have the opportunity to be here in Carolina.”

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CHARLOTTE – Cam Newton, a staple on the NFL Network’s annual “Top 100 Players” list, has landed at No. 25 on this year’s countdown.

Newton was first eligible for the list in 2012 and has now made it all seven times. Newton is one of five quarterbacks to make the list every year from 2012-17, along with Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger. All five have or are expected to make the list in 2018.

This past season, Newton became the winningest quarterback in Panthers history, helping Carolina finish 11-5 and qualify for the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons. Along the way, he threw for 3,302 yards and 22 touchdowns and paced Carolina with a career-high 754 rushing yards and six touchdowns to become the first quarterback in NFL history to amass 50 touchdowns on the ground.

Newton joins linebacker Thomas Davis (No. 73) as P Custom Astros Jersey anthers to make the list this season. Linebacker Luke Kuechly is expected to show up somewhere in the top 20.

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Future Hall of Fame defensive end discusses his decision to play a 17th season.

CHARLOTTE – Why did Julius Peppers decide to come back for a 17th season?

It’s simple, really.

“I just want to keep playing,” Peppers said as OTAs concluded. “I still love the game. I didn’t necessarily feel like I was done with it. That’s why I came back.”

The future Hall of Fame defensive end went on to clarify that there are two sides to this equation. Obviously, the Panthers were interested in re-signing Peppers after his long-awaited homecoming resulted in an 11-sack season.

“It’s never truly a solo decision by the player,” Peppers said. “You have to want to come back, and the team has to want you. They wanted me to come back. And I guess if I didn’t perform, they might not want me to.”

As is often the case when retirement nears, this wasn’t always a straightforward decision. It’s tough for Peppers to be away from his kids. They live in Florida, his full-time residence, and Peppers travels home to see them as often as he can during the season.

Then there’s the physical wear and tear. After undergoing shoulder surgery in February, Peppers has been a rehabbing spectator throughout spring practices.

“You have days where you’re not sure (you want to keep going). Other days you’re feeling good. It’s just a back and forth,” Peppers said of the decision-making process. “But I felt like I needed to do this.”

One thing that made the decision easier: Eric Washington’s promotion from defensive line coach to defensive coordinator.

“It definitely made it easier. I’ve known him for a long time. I know what he stands for and the things he can do,” Peppers said. “I wanted to spend a year in his defense and be there for him.”

Another thing that made it easier: Carolina’s ability to contend for a championship followi Houston Astros Custom Jersey ng an encouraging 11-5 season.

“I feel like, this team, we’ve got a shot,” said Peppers, who has never won a Super Bowl. “I wanted to give it one more try.”

It all sounds like this upcoming season w Custom Mariners Jersey ill be his last, and it probably will be.

Probably. Not definitely.

“I don’t want to say this is it – even though this is likely it,” Peppers said while cracking a smile. “I never want to put an expiration date on it, just because you never know what’s going to happen.

“I’ll leave the door open.”

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The first-round pick hasn’t signed yet. So what’s his compensa Jaire Alexander Green Bay Packers Jersey tion this spring?

He hasn’t signed yet. Only 16 of this year’s 32 first-round picks have, so it’s nothing to worry about. It’ll get done. 

I’ve actually wondered the same as your second question, so I asked around and I’ll try to explain as simply as possible. 

From rookie minicamp through a seven-week Rookie Football Development program that coincides with veteran offseason workouts, Moore, the rest of his draft class and the undrafted guys get room, board and a small stipend. The only difference between Moore and his peers is those with contracts have gotten their signing bonuses. He eventually will. And because base salaries don’t kick in until Week 1 of the regular season, there’s no reason for backpay. 

Ryan’s situation is similar to Matt’s.

Because they spent so much of last offseason in the training room after surgery, their strength wasn’t where it needed to be once camp kicked off. But with no limitations this offseason, they’re right where they want to be. That’s why coaches are so optimistic both will have healthier and more productive seasons. 

1.5. And kudos for noticing that part of Monday’s observations. I feel like Rivera has dropped that reminder more over the past month than he has during previous springs. 

As I wrote last week, it’s silly to put too much weight into the on-field stuff right now. They’re mostly just working on installation and retention. Jobs aren’t being won or lost. So while I understand the hunger for any type of football information, we can’t truly start judging how guys look until the pads come on in training camp. 

With that said … 

Realistically, you’d hope he’ll battle for playing time on a roster with three tight ends: Thomas, Greg Olsen, Chris Manhertz. But I think we can all agree expectations for Thomas’ rookie year should be tempered after he totaled 28 catches in just over one season playing major college football at Indiana. 

Email from Sean: So I chuckled the other week at the German fan saying he was the biggest fan in Germany, and then again last week as Peter doubled down on that. We met German fans a few years ago at our tailgate. Frank and Suse travel to the Vault each year and also claim to be the biggest fans in Germany. The competition is fierce! Here’s a picture I took of them at our tailgate. Great to hear from our international fans. 


Elsewhere around the globe … 

I’ve always followed the cardinal rule of be friendly but not friends with folks I’ve covered. But for the hypothetical purposes of this question I’ll go with, in no particular order: 

James Bradberry (he’s quiet but appreciates dry humor and has a sneaky sarcastic side)

–Greg Olsen (I’d have a hard time getting a word in, but he’s great to chat with on a variety of topics)  

Julius Peppers (I feel like this would be more like wine or whiskey instead of beer)

Trai Turner (like Bradberry, Turner can be quiet, but he has a big personality)

Luke Kuechly (mostly because I have a hard time even picture him drinking)

If Jackson doesn’t win a starting job by the start of the season, I imagine worst case scenario is he’ll be in a rotation with Kevon Seymour and/or Ross Cockrell

You’re right about Rashaan Gaulden. He has a longer climb. The former Tennessee nickel back has a lot to learn, and right now, they’re comfortable with Da’Norris Searcy next to Mike Adams at safety. But Gaulden’s a third-round pick. You have to hope he’ll show enough in camp and the preseason to at least earn a jersey on game days. 

I can’t speak for the locker room, but I imagine his messages are welcome. 

The thing about Smith is he’s not just a talker. He’s out there doing things, getting things done – or at least trying to. Cameras haven’t yet caught him in the community, but yes, you can expect an uptick in that type of coverage on our platforms. 

Email from Greg: Bill, I really enjoy your coverage, particularly your radio spots. Question: What are the chances the Panthers re-sign Funchess before the season and at what price would a deal get done? I imagine the spread is quite wide between him and the team. I would think his demands are high considering this year’s free agent money for WRs in the league and he may want to test it. My guess is this was a big factor in drafting DJ Moore. Any rumblings of a deal being discussed?

It’ll be interesting to see what happens with guys like Funchess and Daryl Williams over the next few months. I could see the team trying to work out deals, but it’s too early to predict if they’ll happen. My guess is conversations will happen once training camp rolls around. 

Also, I don’t think Funchess’ contract situation had anything to do with drafting Moore. 

On to the lightning round … 

Not going out on much of a limb here: Dustin Johnson.

Nah. There had been some very preliminary discussions a while back, but with the huge organizational change this offseason, the idea was tabled for this summer. 

C’mon, that was sooooo last month. 

Website submission from Susan in Inman, SC: Are any minicamp sessions open to the public? 

Sorry, the only open practices are during training camp. 

Top 10 people named Bill Voth. 

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For the fourth straight year, the Panthers have connected alumni with the team’s newest players.

CHARLOTTE – They used to be big men on their respective campuses. Now they’re rookies in the NFL, where keeping your head above water is the first step.

That’s why the Panthers have matched up their newest players with men who have already walked in their footsteps. For the fourth straight year, that connection kicked off with an alumni-rookie dinner.  

“The purpose of tonight’s event is to help with the transition from college to the pros,” histori Jaire Alexander Packers Jersey cal and alumni affairs manager David Monroe told the gathering Thursday night at Fahrenheit in Uptown Charlotte. 

An underlying message from the former players was to “enjoy the ride.” But they also went deeper. 

“When you have a Men’s Nike Jaire Alexander Green Bay Packers Elite Team Color Football Jersey Sale n opportunity to touch a life, touch it in the right way. Everyone’s watching you guys. All the kids are watching you guys,” former wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad said. “So enjoy it, but don’t enjoy it too much.”

To watch a video recap of the event, click ‘play’ below: